The sports world honored Jimmy Buffett on Saturday. Buffett was well known in the sports world as well as music. Photo Credit/Chuck Cook Sept. 2, 2023 – HATTIESBURG, MS. – Southern Miss cheerleaders and fans have a moment of silence for performer and alumnus Jimmy Buffett who died yesterday. Photos by Chuck Cook

Sad news broke on Friday night when it was announced that Jimmy Buffett passed away at the age of 76.

Buffett, of course, is well-known in the music industry. His 1977 song, “Margaritaville,” is one of the most memorable songs of the last 50 years. It remains well-known and is often heard at Karaoke bars around the world. Naturally, the music world began paying tribute to Buffett as soon as the news of his passing broke, and that continued through the day on Saturday.

But Buffett was also well known in the sports industry. A rewritten version of his song, “Fins,” was once used as a fight song for the Miami Dolphins. He was a season ticket holder for the NBA’s Miami Heat. Those two teams, as well as MLB’s Miami Marlins, paid tribute to Buffett on Saturday.

They were not the only ones. From athletes to college football stadiums playing his songs, the sports world paid tribute to Buffett throughout Saturday.

Buffett also had a strong connection with the Chicago Cubs, who honored him on Saturday.

In addition to his concerts at Wrigley Field, Buffett performed the national anthem at Wrigley Field before Game 1 of the National League Championship Series in 1984, filling in for his friend Steve Goodman, who passed away shortly before the series. He did the same five years later when the NLCS returned to Wrigley Field.


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